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Restaurant Wed Mar 14 2007

Potbelly's Pickles

Potbelly's PicklePotbelly's is a Chicago institution. Some go for the sandwiches, some for the shakes. Me? I like the pickles. For $0.99, you get a giant pickle sliced into 4 wedges, perfect for sharing. It's crisp and fresh, and it actually retains some of its cucumber taste. It is the perfect foil for one of the hot, melty subs the place is known for. Recently, though, the restaurant began serving salads as well at all of their Chicagoland locations.

They've simply deconstructed some of their most popular sandwiches, such as the Wreck and the Chicken Salad, by removing the bread and spreading the fillings on a bed of lettuce. The salads cost over a dollar more than the sandwiches, but you do get a couple extras, such as artichoke hearts and dried cranberries, depending on the salad.

Potbelly's turkey sandwich
For now, I'll stick to my favorite sandwich, though: turkey and swiss on wheat with lettuce, tomato, mustard and hot peppers. For under $4 (well, just under $5 with the pickle), it's a deal that's hard to beat.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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